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Track(s) taken from CDA67274

Pes'n Saula pered boyem 'Tsar Saul. Song of Saul before battle'

author of text
Song of Saul, before his last battle
translator of text

Vassily Savenko (bass), Alexander Blok (piano)
Recording details: September 2000
Studio 1, The State House of Broadcasting and Audio-Recording, Moscow, Russia
Produced by Alexander Volkov
Engineered by Alexander Volkov
Release date: September 2001
Total duration: 2 minutes 37 seconds


'Russian composers have set many English poems to music, and here we have some of the best' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Even more impressive than their two previous collections … a CD that merits a very strong recommendation' (Fanfare, USA)
Tsar Saul: Song of Saul before battle is the twelfth song in the collection of early works titled Yuniye Gody (Youthful Years), dating from 1857 to 1866 by Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881). This translation of Byron's Song of Saul before his last battle is by Pavel Kozlov, a competent poet/translator who spent much of his time in Italy and France. Kozlov provided the text for this dramatic setting of 1863 which, in characteristic fashion, the composer rewrote and later orchestrated. This is the second version and the declamatory style and piano fanfares are a foretaste of the opera Khovanshchina and The Field Marshal' from Songs and Dances of Death.

from notes by Edward Morgan © 2001

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